Ikanos Announces Availability of Single-Port Velocity(TM)-Uni VDSL2 Chipset to Enable High Data Rate for Fiber-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp) Applications

FREMONT, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Oct 21, 2013 -- Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home, today announced the immediate availability of a new member of its VDSL2 CO (Central Office) processor family, the single-port Velocity™-Uni. When used in tandem with a Fusiv® Vx185-based home gateway, the end-to-end solution is capable of delivering up to 300Mbps aggregate data rate in FTTdp applications, covering a distance of up to 200 meters. While the carriers prepare for the availability of products and gigabit connectivity, the introduction of Ikanos' new single-port CO chipset provides them an immediate and cost-effective path to bring fiber-like data rates to their subscriber base. An additional benefit of deploying Velocity™-Uni is its low-power operation, which enables reverse powering -- in which the power needed for the distribution point media converter is supplied by the home gateway over the same copper pair carrying the VDSL2 service, thereby reducing carrier operational cost. Ikanos will demonstrate the 300Mbps performance of the Velocity™-Uni CO processor at Broadband World Forum 2013, held October 22-24, in Amsterdam.

Velocity™-Uni is architected for applications in which very high data rates are required, but achieving those rates with FTTH may not be practical -- due to a variety of obstacles including high installation cost, or a homeowner's refusal to allow trenching or cutting through walls to extend fiber into the home. With Ikanos' new chipset, carriers can extend fiber to a distribution point close to the home, and then convert the optical signal to VDSL2 using a GPON Optical Network Terminal (ONT) and a Velocity™-Uni. The unique architecture of the Ikanos CO and CPE VDSL chipset allows these rates to reach an aggregate 300Mbps on a single copper pair, which is comparable to data rates supported over FTTH, while maintaining full compliance with the VDSL2 standard.

"Carriers are constantly looking for new ways to leverage the installed base of one billion+ copper lines deployed globally to deliver ever-increasing data rates and new revenue-generating services to their subscribers," said Jag Bolaria, Sr. Analyst, The Linley Group. "While their end game may be FTTH, they need to offer progressively better bandwidth to retain customers while upgrading their infrastructure to fiber. Ikanos, with its Velocity™ product family, enables new levels of performance on standard copper lines to meet the bandwidth requirements of carriers and subscribers."

"High-bandwidth consumer applications and devices are driving the need for faster broadband networks, and carriers are moving rapidly to re-architect their networks to meet the demand," said Omid Tahernia, CEO of Ikanos. "At Ikanos, we continue to stay ahead of the curve, and are delivering solutions that anticipate the market need before it arises. While the standard body is putting the finishing touches on the specification and the industry prepares for the migration to gigabit access, Ikanos CO and CPE products are here today and ready to enable carriers with the highest data rates seen on standard copper lines to date, as the bandwidth wars continue to heat up in the increasingly competitive broadband access landscape."

Velocity™-Uni samples are available now, with volume production expected in the first quarter of 2014. Complementary Ikanos Fusiv® Vx185 gateway processors are already in volume production in VDSL gateways by multiple top tier carriers worldwide.

About Ikanos Communications, Inc.
Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) is a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company's broadband DSL, communications processors and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world's leading network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit

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